Random Thoughts on Music….Why am I Up Doing This?

So people always say “so and so” is the next or this generations ”so and so”. So here are my thoughts on it.

I think Justin Timberlake is this generations Michael Jackson. A lot of people said it was Usher, Chris Brown, or Justin Bieber. Maybe Usher in the 90s/early 2000s, but MJ was still around then so it didn’t matter. Usher would have easily taken his place, but he pretty much fell off after Confessions almost ten years ago. Justin Bieber…well he sucks, so that wouldn’t work. He can’t sing, he is an average dancer at best (his choreography is better than his dancing ability), he doesn’t make good music (no substance, quality, good songwriting), he can barely pass as a singer (stop rapping completely though), and doesn’t make good music videos. I think he is a pop fad that happened to get found on YouTube. And back to how Usher has fallen off, Usher has resorted to musically pimping teenage Canadians (offense to Bieber, not Canadians). Chris Brown could have been the one, but he fell off too. He doesn’t make quality music, his music videos aren’t that good and rely on special effects, his voice is okay, he has no character, and he is a angry, egotistical woman beater. Yes, he can dance; but he doesn’t have the smooth execution of MJ. The choreo is great, but he is so spastic and untrained. Plus he doesn’t do anything different. MJ did tap, jazz, theater, hip hop, etc. CB just flips, grinds, do MJ moves, and hip hop. Justin Timberlake on the other hand is dope! Although he has only put out three solo albums, they’re classic (minus Justified although Cry Me A River is classic). He’s a great dancer, songwriter, singer, performer, actor, producer, and his music is innovative. He definitely has the Michael Jackson-Quincy Jones relationship with Timbaland. Plus, like Mike, he broke out of the boy band and became a solo star. So I think the current prince of pop, JT, is the next king of pop.

When it comes to Janet Jackson, this is a little harder. I think the next Janet would have been Aaliyah. She was cool, hip, made quality music, her Jimmy Jam-Terry Luis was Timbaland, she changed the game with her look and sound, was stylish, danced, dope videos, all of that. But unfortunately, she passed at the age of 22 over ten years ago. So who would be next? Well I think Ciara and Rihanna are contenders for the new Janet, maybe even new Aaliyah. Ciara is one of the greatest dancers of all time like Janet, she is an amazing performer, has her own style, and is clearly influenced by Aaliyah’s tomboy style. I think Ciara is more Michael Jackson than even Chris Brown. But she isn’t edgy or successful like Aaliyah or Janet Jackson. Rihanna on the other hand is sexual, edgy, badass, has dope videos, crazy style, can do multiple genres and fashions/looks, and is one of the biggest selling artists of all time. Only thing with Rihanna is she isn’t much of a performer, live singer, or dancer. So I think if Rihanna and Ciara were combined into one artist, you’d have this generations Janet Jackson and Aaliyah. Aaliyah will always be the princess of R&B, while Janet I think is the queen of pop/R&B (forget Madonna) Rihanna is definitely one of the new princesses of pop. Ciara is the princess of crunk, or whatever.

Lastly (because this is pathetic and I’m tired), I think Beyonce is the new Diana Ross/Tina Turner. She started off leading Destiny’s Child like Diana Ross led The Supremes. Then she broke out and had a successful solo career, like Diana Ross. But she was still too safe and clean cut between her first two albums. Then she released I Am…Sasha Fierce and let loose! She became a beast of a performer! Just like Tina Turner. She went from nice R&B and pop, and started including rock, acoustic, soul, and more tribal African music into her sound with her latest two albums – very Tina Turner ish. She is the best performer of our time hands down. It’s her new, crazy stage presence that makes her the new Tina Turner. She’s the diva of pop/r&B.

Aaliyah, Rihanna, Ciara, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Usher, and Justin Timberlake are all iconic in their own rights. They’re going to be/are legendary (well we’ll see about Ciara since her career has been diminishing over the years unfortunately and undeservedly). I think other potential/current icons of this time (after the year 2000) in their own ways include Destiny’s Child, Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, Andre 3000, Adam Levine, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Adele, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Pink, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, The Black Eyed Peas (although I hate will.i.am.), Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, ….I’m getting tired of listing people. You get the picture.

These are just my random, sleepy thoughts. Music overall has greatly deteriorated since about 2005.

Review: Fall Out Boy and How They Intend to “Save Rock and Roll”

Review: Fall Out Boy and How They Intend to “Save Rock and Roll”

Generally speaking, when a band mixes up their sound as drastically as Fall Out Boy does in their upcoming “Save Rock ‘n Roll,” it’s met with complaints and accusations of selling out. Bands do it all the time when they … Continue reading

The sad story of this morning.

I was on my way home this morning and “The World Is Ugly” started. Whole morning I’ve been calm and almost at peace because Gerard said what I wanted to hear, I felt really said about how he (and others) felt about playing and making music and it made me realize it really is for the best (it is, because I want them to be happy, they deserve it so much), but then that song started and there were all those lyrics about telling goodbye and leaving and sorry and are you thinking of me and words that burn ‘cause they are hard to say and the empty when you go, and I couldn’t hold it together anymore. I started crying and couldn’t stop, I cried the rest of the way home, I came home and started crying even more and for a moment it felt like I can’t even breathe. And even though I calmed down a little bit there are still tears. And I don’t even know what am I crying about anymore, because I don’t want a band that does not want to be a band, and I want them to be happy but I also want a place where I belong and where people understand me and not a place built on memories, I want a place where new songs come out, where I can be happy I have money saved for next tour and a place where I know I will be able to see them live on the next tour, this was my life for so many years that I just don’t know how to stop. I mean their songs will always inspire me to make stuff, there always will be quotes, lyrics and photos, and I still have their music and videos, but now it all hurts and I don’t want it to hurt, I don’t want to be sad. I wan’t to be a happy mcr blog that can come home after a shitty day at work, log into tumblr, make a new mcr poster and  chat with  friends about upcoming album. I know this is egoistic and maybe after a while I will even hate myself about being this selfish, but now I don’t have my happy place. Everyone here is sad, every song makes me cry, my dashboard is full with “goodbyes” and “thank yous” and people crying and I don’t know what to do. Because no matter what happened in life, I had this place to make me happy. And I don’t know how to find a new happy place, I really don’t know.

I just hope one day gratefulness will overcome sadness, that one day these songs will make me want to do things and be better and be great again, that my favourite song won’t make me cry and that I will be able to look back at all the memories and smile. Because hope is the only thing I have right now. Hope and knowladge that this is for the best, that this is what will make them happy. And maybe that’s enough to heal. Maybe.

My little Wish.

Basically, on nights like this I wear my headphones and listen to slow songs that talk about falling in and out of love. They also talk about walking around, and seeing beauty, and getting high. They’re all terrible, but they’re my favorite things to listen to. See, nights like these for me mean remembering you and your smile and your voice and your face and the way you said my name. Nights like these make me wish that I was lying in your casket next to you for the past 5 months. Nights like this makes me wish I was dead because this place sucks without you. And it makes me sad and angry and guilty and happy that you’re gone. I miss you, W. I really do but you’re not here to be here with me and there’s nothing I can do to change that fact. My tears won’t bring you back magically, and my heart hurting more and more everyday won’t bring you back either. Me acting out won’t, and I wish it would. I want to listen to your voice one more time.

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.a.a.d city review.

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Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.a.a.d city review

 The sophomore effort to the critically acclaimed LP Section80, GKMC is Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut. As you can expect with the involvement of Dr. Dre, there’s a considerable amount of attention on this record. Kendrick even landed on Lady GaGa’s radar.

good kid, m.a.a.d city is collection of motifs held together by intricate yet visceral storytelling and skits that at first seem like trivial minutia that’s only purpose is of charm or rather to lighten the mood after the sober narratives but in actuality its the most scrupulous element of good kid, m.a.a.d city. Kendrick previous album Section80 was very conceptual in a similar way stories interweaving with each other but the stark difference between the two are the songs on Section80 can stand on their own just fine without skits to account for their purpose on the album. “Backseat Freestyle” on the surface an ear numbingly derivative braggadocio rap tune laced with a vapid Hit-Boy beat or just a Hit-Boy beat — as a solo song it obnoxious and juvenile but the brief skit ending “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” clearly explains him and his boys driving around listening to beat tapes freestyling. That’s what kids are going to rap about with their friends, I won’t go as far as calling it genius or for me enjoyable but it is certainly necessary in sustaining the story by reminiscing about the past. “Swimming Pools” a strange choice for a single but in the pocket of the album it makes sense, as its sedation for the fury that it follows the frenetic track “M.A.A.D City”. Skits trail at the end of each of the remaining songs on the album bridging the narrative efficiently.

good kid, m.a.a.d city is not a conventional rap album, You can’t throw this into the iPod shuffle … listen to it and fully appreciate, It’s not meant to be consumed in that way. For the first several play throughs it wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing, I’d say mid way through the fourth play Is perhaps when the lyrics and its unique vibe totally sunk in — I believe its best not to trouble yourself with consuming it all on the first couple servings. GKMC isn’t pizza that you can quickly enjoy & understand, its rich clear soup that you have to sip with painstaking patience to fully grasp its intricacies. The subject matter, the themes on this record fascinate me … gang violence, alcoholism, emotional damage from childhood, peer pressure, teenage love. All done with masterful craftsmanship and honestly.

On Twitter, the epicenter of embellishment has compared GKMC to a movie. Two of which include Menace II Society and Boyz n the Hood. Inner city LA, peer pressure, gang violence are subjects of conversation on Kendrick’s album so the comparison isn’t totally off base. I’ll say this about that. How about we just stop comparing shit.

As great as some artists can be with poetic imagery, it can never surpassed or even equal magic of motion pictures. I’d rather watch a movie than listen to it. Maybe that’s just me.

I’m getting sidetracked.

Back to GKMC

Some may complain that the beat switch ups are jarring or the production itself is inconsistent. Which I can’t say isn’t true, only that the album is following an arc so it’s necessary in my mind. Could the transitions between songs been a bit better, sure. I just don’t see that as a major hiccup that will kill the enjoyment you can get from this album. Those not fans of skits/interludes may prefer verses as bridges than the skits. For me I thought the skits were funny and sufficed in keeping the momentum of the stories.

good kid, m.a.a.d city is definitely one of the best albums of the year along with Nas “Life Is Good”. This is a great album, I have no idea If its a “classic”. Time will tell.

Lyrics: A+

Originally: A

Production: B

 Rating 90%

JustinTimberlake “20/20 Experience” First Impression Review! (teaser: it’s

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Pusher Lover Girl: sorry, but the whole “love as drug” thing is played the fvck out. that being said, the song is pleasant enough but goes on for too long and just doesn’t give me #NewNess

Suit and Tie: is a good song. i was actually surprised to see as many negative things about it online, but i liked it when i first heard it and i still like. It’s funky, it’s fun, what’s not to like?

Don’t Hold The Wall: a sexy number, Timbaland brings back that whole indian infused beats he was working with back in 2003/2004. It works nicely here though and the way Timberlake attacks those verses … #LOVE. And than you have this crazy breakdown at the end, yeah this song is hot.

Strawberry Bubblegum: AND… i’m sold. a very sexy, very pleasant, very groove-a-licious track that can’t be denied. and it switches into this sort of latin-esque groove at the end which is very nice. (this is #thatmoment when I almost don’t want to listen to the rest of the stream and just wait until it’s available… but for the sake of the blog i’ll keep going)

Tunnel Vision: Hmmm, so this one is a little extra with the futuristic sound blips and stutter beats of Timbaland’s past… but at the same time it’s really nice and pleasant. Timberlake has a nice flow on the verses. The breakdown part is pretty cool, it’s an alright song overall.

Spaceship Coupe: OUCH! that first note was NOT A GOOD LOOK!! Overall i’m not feeling what he’s giving vocally, but it’s a sweet little song if you can overcome it. It is giving me R.Kelly/Usher T’s though!? I really like it.

That Girl: I LOVE! It’s real laid back, old school, soul, but still in a weird way has a very current NOW thing going on. Flawless.

Let The Groove Get In: I’m gonna wait… it’s weird for me so far, but I anticipate some sort of switch-up soon.

Mirrors: Heard this a few weeks ago (bought it) and it just struck me as dull and dated, I might get into it more when I buy the album and start listening to it more, but it does nothing for me. I do like the “you are, you are, the love of my life” part though.

Blue Ocean Floor: Simply put… possibly Justin Timberlake’s best song ever. i really don’t know what else to say… it’s very, striking and beautiful and captivating and lush.

OVERALL: GOOD JOB JUSTIN!!! I was scared the album would come off really dated … but it’s weird because it’s not a far cry from “Future Sex Love Sounds” but it’s a nice extension of that… mixing in to great effect more soulful bluesy sounds to incorporate his roots. I gotta say I’m impressed.

8.5/10

Did you like it? 🙂

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